Gelekhter is the best medicine

Gentlemen, there are two easy ways to impress me. The first is to do things I can do way better than I can do them, even though I can do these things reasonably well (like ordering just the perfect item on the menu or laughing at inappropriate times). The second is to do things that I can’t do at all.

First and foremost among the talents I wish I possessed was the talent to tell a good joke. It’s an art form, really, a talent honed over years and years that transforms into art. Which is why, even though they are strangers, anybody that appears on Old Jews Telling Jokes is somebody I want to know. The stripped down and sophisticated-looking site features a new video of an old Jew telling a joke every Tuesday and Thursday.

As the site’s editor explains, “Storytelling is a Jewish tradition…Jokes are like stories, but shorter and funnier…Some of the best ones provide a window to the culture of a bygone era. They can reveal the concerns of a generation… We set three rules for the production: the joke-tellers were to be Jewish, at least 60 years of age and they were to tell their favorite joke—the one that always kills.” The results are touching and human and hilarious and full of love. Larry Donsky, Louis Goldstein, Malcolm Busch, Diane Hoffman, you all have an open invitation to my next party. To any party.

 

Posted In:     Living

Previous Post

C-VILLE SUGAR PARTY at Zocalo!

Next Post

March 2009: You, me and green



Our comments system is designed to foster a lively debate of ideas, offer a forum for the exchange of ad hoc information, and solicit honest, respectful feedback about the work we do. We’re glad you’re participating. Here are a few simple rules to follow, which should be relatively straightforward.

1) Don’t call people names or accuse them of things you cannot support.
2) Don’t direct foul language, racial slurs, or offensive terms at other commenters or our staff.
3) Don’t use the discussion on our site for commercial (or shameless personal) promotion.

We reserve the right to remove posts and ban commenters who violate any of the rules listed above, or the spirit of the discussion. We’re trying to create a safe space for a wide range of people to express themselves, and we believe that goal can only be achieved through thoughtful, sensitive editorial control.

If you have questions or comments about our policies or about a specific post, please send an e-mail to editor@c-ville.com.

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of